The anticipated arraignment of the President Bukola Saraki and Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu respectively and others for their alleged complicity in the forgery of the 2015 Senate Standing Rules that brought them into office may not hold tomorrow as planned.
Sources in the Federal Ministry of Justice told SaharaReporters today that the arraignment has been scheduled for tomorrow, but all enquiries made at Court 32of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court, Abuja where the case has been assigned revealed that the necessary documents have not been served on all the defendants as required by law. Saharareporters learnt Saraki and Ekweremadu have evaded service of necessary summons
However, it was gathered that some proceeding might take place tomorrow where a date will be fixed for arraignment shortly after proper service is effected on the defendants through the clerk of the National Assembly.
The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) filed a two-count charge on June 10 at the Registry of the High Court of FCT in which Saraki and others were charged with forgery and conspiracy.
Also joined in the charge are immediate past Clerk of the National Assembly, Abubakar Maikasuwa and Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, Ben Efeturi.
A source knowledgeable about the case said both Saraki and Ekweremadu might be declared wanted as the court is bound to issue a bench warrant if the AGF could prove Saraki and Ekweremadu were properly served the necessary summons.
Saraki is scheduled to be at the Code of conducted Tribunal for the continuation of his trial for false declaration of assets.